Review on The East Beach Cafe

The East Beach Cafe situated directly on the beach in Littlehampton is not only known for serving excellent ultra-fresh seafood, but has also been the recipient of more than twenty national and international awards for its iconic design and architecture. Its creator is renowned English designer and artist Thomas Heatherwick famous for his innovative use of engineering and materials, as displayed in his innovative rolling bridge in London's Paddington Basin. The futuristic building is constructed of rusted metal, shaped into a series of vertical slices which reflect the light in an ever changing hue. The interior has simple wooden tables and chairs with gently white contoured walls sprayed with soft-to-the-touch insulating foam to the rear of the restaurant, while the front has floor to ceiling windows to take in the spectacular beach front.

The kitchen is keen to source locally for the very best ingredients and only serves fish from sustainable sources. So expect crispy fried herring, spring onion, beetroot and fresh horseradish or a classic Welsh rarebit with watercress salad among the starters, with main courses such as clam and mussel linguine, anchovy and chilli sauce or roasted guinea fowl with creamy bacon and cabbage and mash. Traditional puddings are on offer with steamed treacle pudding and custard or cranberry and walnut tart. Menus change monthly, and there are great daily fish specials, depending on the local catch of the day. Wines are fairly priced and eminently drinkable, together with charming service, the East Beach Cafe has put Littlehampton on the map for all the right reasons.

The East Beach Cafe is also featured in: Good Food Guide, Hardens

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Seafood / British


David Whiteside

Restaurant Opening Times

Breakfast: 10.00 - 12.00pm
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (3.00 - 4.30pm Cakes & Tea)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The East Beach Cafe

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • 45 covers
  • Family Friendly


The East Beach Cafe
Sea Road
BN17 5GB

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  • avatar
    August 2013

    6 people found this review helpful
    A day trip to Littlehampton

    Braved the bank holiday crowds on a day out with the wife to Littlehampton yesterday to have lunch here. Right on the beach but really excellent seafood.

    We had the superb fish soup followed by deep fried battered Hake for me and fish cakes for the other half washed down with a carafe of Pinot Grigio. Couldn't really fault it for the money. No wonder it's in the top ten places in the UK to eat by the sea.

    Loads of remarkably well behaved kids with their yummy mummies lunching plus on such a lovely day you can watch the girls walk by along the beach road. lol

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